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Joe BataanSalsoul (with bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe called "Salsoul", because of it's mixture of salsa and soul! The blend is fantastic, a real milestone in the NuYorican scene – and handled perfectly by Joe on every cut! There's some massive Latin funk on here, including the tracks "Latin Strut" and "Aftershower Funk", plus some straighter Latin jazz, like "Sunny Gets Blue Mambo", and a great Latin Soul cut with English vocals called "Johnny". CD features the bonus track "Continental Square Dance". CD
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Salsoul ... LP 9.99
Salsoul ... LP 11.99

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BT Express1980 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roadshow/Octave (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest albums ever from BT Express – tighter, smoother, and classier than the group's early funky disco sessions – and with a cosmic sound that shows them really growing at the time! The sound here steps off from both the group's own horn-heavy disco sides of the 70s, and from the more righteous ensemble funk work of the Earth Wind & Fire generation – and there's also a nice undercurrent of the snapping midtempo rhythms that would show up even later in the early 80s indie club scene. Funk is still very much a part of the BT Express sound – and even when coming together like an all-pro outfit, the group are still hitting hard on the rhythms and well-crafted guitar parts. A wonderful record throughout – the kind of late session that could easily be overlooked, but which represents some of the group's best work! Titles include "Takin' Off", "Does It Feel Good", "Closer", "Better Late Than Never", and "Have Some Fun". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Midnight Beat", "Let Me Be The One", "Does It Feel Good (orig promo 12" version)", "Give Up The Funk (original single)", "Have Some Fun (original single version)", and "Better Late Than Never (original single version)". CD

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BT ExpressEnergy To Burn (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roadshow/Octave (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A killer set that's extremely well-titled – as BT Express were one of the hottest ensemble funk acts of their time! The groove here is definitely aimed at a more disco-oriented dancefloor than before – but the overall sound is plenty funky enough for our ears – thanks to some amazing horn passages arranged by Carlos Ward, whose own work on sax and flute really add an edgey quality to the set. Ward's horns are really fantastic – cutting and turning with a sharply-honed tone that keeps things fresh throughout – even when the rhythms are hitting more of a mainstream dancefloor sound. Titles include the group's mellow soul version of "Now That We've Found Love", plus "Herbs", "Time Tunnel", "Energy To Burn", "Can't Stop Groovin Now Wanna Do It Some More", and "Make Your Body Move". CD features 3 bonus tracks – original single versions of "Make Your Body Move", "Energy To Burn", and "Can't Stop Groovin Now Wanna Do It Some More". CD
Also available Energy To Burn ... LP 16.99

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BT ExpressFunction At The Junction (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Octave (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
Heavy funk and super-tight horns – all wrapped up in the kind of a groove that made BT Express one of the hottest club acts of the 70s! The group are at the height of their powers here – working with excellent arrangements from Carlos Ward – a jazzman at heart, and a talent who gives the group all these complicated touches that make them way more than just another soul group with horns – even while the tracks are still moving strongly forward, and stepping strong to a killer clubby groove! Titles include "Funky Music", "Sunshine", "Star Gazer", "How Big Can You Dream", "Eyes", and "Scratch My Itch". CD features a bonus track – "Funky Music (original single version)". CD

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BT ExpressKeep it Up (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Octave (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
Great later work from BT Express – a record with a sound that's cleaner, leaner, and more stripped-down than some of their earlier records! The style here is still the same as before – mostly soul aimed at the dancefloor, served up with a tremendous sense of bottom rhythm – but the overall execution is a bit different, with some of the smaller member funk group feel of the time. There's a soaring, sometimes spacey quality to the best groovers – and the group definitely still have a great way here with a hook! Titles include "Star Child", "Keep It Up", "This Must Be The Night For Love", "It's Got To Be You", "Let Yourself Go", "Dancin Dream", and "Just Can't Stop Dancin". CD features 5 bonus tracks from singles – "Star Child (orig 12" special mix)", "This Must Be The Night For Love (orig 12" special mix)", "Keep It Up (orig 12" special mix)", "Let Yourself Go (orig 12)", and "Cowboy Dancer (orig 12")". CD

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BT ExpressNon-Stop (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roadshow/Octave (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
BT Express are speeding it up a bit from the first album – hitting more of a disco vein, as would be their due, since they were one of the key groups in inventing the genre! The core ensemble funk sound is still firmly in place, with loads of great horns arranged by the enigmatic Carlos Ward, a jazzy talent who always brought a nice edge to the group's albums. Titles include the tasty funk cut "Devil's Workshop", which has a similar feel to "Express" – plus the massive "Peace Pipe", a very catchy number that's always been a favorite in Chicago – along with the great tracks "Discotizer", "Give It What You Got", "Whatcha Think About That?", and "Close To You". CD also features four bonus tracks – 7" single versions of "Peace Pipe", "Give It What You Got", "Close To You", and "Whatcha Think About That". CD

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Cloud One & OthersFlying High – Patrick Adams P&P Masters ... CD
P&P/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99
Tremendous grooves from one of the coolest club labels of all time – the legendary P&P family of labels, home to some of the weirdest, wildest, most experimental tracks to ever hit the dancefloor – yet all tracks that are pretty darn funky too! This 2CD collection is heavy on cuts from Cloud One – one of the most well-known P&P acts, often working with weird moogy electronics over funky club rhythms – a combination that still sounds as fantastic now as when Patrick Adams got the group going way back when – especially in the company of some of the other cool cuts that are on the collection too. Cloud One tracks include "Music Funk", "Funky Track", "Disco Juice", "Dust To Dust", "Spaced Out", "Charleston Hopscotch", "Atmosphere Strut (parts 1 & 2)", "Doin It All Night Long", "Jump Jump Jump", "Flying High (part 1)", "Patty Duke", "Don't Let My Rainbow Pass Me By", "Atmosphere Strut (1979 rmx – part 2)", and "Happy Music" – and other tracks include "God's Greatest Gift To Man Is A Woman" by Marie Lomax, "My Baby's Got ESP (orig 7" mix)" by Four Below Zero, "The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us" by Golden Flamingo Orchestra, "Dance Dance Dance (disco version)" by Maria Acuna, "God Save & Protect Children" by Margo Williams, "Ain't Gonna Be A Next Time (short version)" by Magnetic Touch, and "It's Rough (dub)" by The Imperial Three. CD
(Part of the "Ultimate 80s NYC Street Sounds" series!)

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Gary CrissRio De Janeiro (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
Disco tunes with a Brazilian spirit – recorded in Philly by Gary Criss, but with all the sunny finish of Copacabana! The tunes were all arranged by John Davis – and have this soaring style that's really great – a mighty vibe that grabs onto all the best Davis energy and moves the grooves strongly – almost in a way that doesn't even need Gary's vocals! Most tunes have a lot of great conga work – which brings an early bottom to the tunes, especially amidst Criss' smoother vocals and the soaring strings in the arrangements – balancing things out in a surprisingly great way. Titles include "The Lady Is Latin", "Amazon Queen", "Rio De Janeiro", "The Girl From Ipanema", and "My Rio Lady". CD features bonus tracks – "Rio De Janeiro (Tom Moulton 12" mix)", "Rio De Janeiro (Richie Rivera 12" mix)", "Brazilian Nights (12" mix)", "Amazon Queen (12" mix)", "Rio De Janeiro (single version)", and "Brazilian Nights (single version)". CD

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DJ Koco (aka Shimokita) & OthersHydra – Underground's Finest ... CD
Octave (Japan), Late 90s/Early 2000s. Used ... $12.99
A nice compilation of hard-hitting hip hop from the Queens-based Hydra Entertainment roster – with Mobb Deep, Screwball, DJ Fusion, Godfather Don, E-Boogie, Dennis Kellman, Big Meal, Ghetto Professionals, The Unsociables, Nick Wiz and more! It's a very strong selection of some greatest Hydra material of the mid 90s to mid 00s – at a time when a lot of greatest voices NYC hip hop voices were making bigger waves in the majors,some of which appear here, too – but it's more strongly rooted ind perennial underground heavies. 25 tracks in all, selected by DJ Koco. "On The Real" by Mobb Deep, "And You Don't Stop" by E-Boogie, "Spread It (rmx)" by Kamikaze with production by Marley Marl, "Pseudo Roots" by Mike Heron, "MC Assault" by Godfather Don, "You Love To Hear The Stories" by Screwball, "Conflict" by High & Mighty, "The Hutchison Joint" by Ghetto Professionals and many more. CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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EnchantmentJourney To The Land Of Enchantment (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roadshow/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Great grooves from Enchantment – a set that has the group very much in their dancefloor-oriented mode, but still singing with some incredibly warm harmonies throughout! The backings are a nice blend of late 70s disco elements and softer soul modes – just the right mix to let the group's nicely glowing quality come through strongly – that Enchantment style that was always a bit more subtle than some of the other late 70s soul groups, and which almost hearkened back at times to the earlier indie harmony scene of the start of the decade. Titles include "Love Melodies", "Oasis Of Love", "Journey", "Future Gonna Get You", "Magnetic Feel", "Anyway You Want It", and "Where Do We Go From Here". CD features three bonus tracks – original single versions of "Where Do We Go From Here", "Magnetic Feel", and "Forever More". CD

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Everyday PeopleEveryday People (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Red Coach/Octave (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A lost funky classic from the Kool & The Gang side of the universe – cut by a group we've only seen on this one and only record – which was recorded for one of the sub-labels of De-Lite Records, home to the main Gang! There's clearly some mentorship taking place here – as the group works with producer Gene Redd, of K&TG fame – and they also serve up their own takes on some of the best early funky tracks of that group – while also using that inspiration to then move into some heavy jams of their own – all with razor-sharp instrumentation, but a sound that's still plenty raw as well! This maturation of the funky 45 underground is still in its very early stages here – no disco touches or commercial overproduction – which really makes the group shine on cuts that include "Gold Smoke", "Funky Granny", "Who's Gonna Take The Weight", "Mama Said-Papa Said", and "Funky Gene-Ra-Tion". CD features some great bonus cuts – "The Bump (parts 1 & 2)", "Juice It Up (parts 1 & 2)", and the tracks "Get Down Get Stank" and "I Like What I Like", both recorded by the related Hot Line combo. CD

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Eric FernandezMagic Gipsy ... CD
Higher Octave, 1999. Used ... $0.99
... CD

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Incredible Bongo BandReturn Of The Incredible Bongo Band (with bonus track) ... CD
Pride/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
The Incredible Bongo Band returns – with a second super-tasty batch of funky instrumentals! As before, the group seek to rework older echoes of music with some tight 70s funk percussion – played by a lineup that includes lots of drums from Jim Gordon, and loads of sweet percussion from the legendary King Errison – who cut a fair bit of funky records under his own name too. Many of the tracks are older numbers, but mixed with new tunes here – co-penned by arranger/producers Michael Viner and Perry Botkin – and the rhythms here are even more offbeat and complex than the first time around. Titles include the classic "When The Bed Breaks Down I'll Meet You In the Spring" – plus "Sing Sing Sing", "Pipeline", "Wipe Out", "Topsy", "Satisfaction", "Kiburi", and "Sharp Nine" – and with the bonus track "Ohkey Dokey Part I". CD

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Instant FunkInstant Funk (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
Maybe the third great Philly studio group of the 70s – after MFSB and Salsoul Orchestra – a killer combo who provided backing grooves to plenty of great club tracks over the years – and who step out strongly here on their own debut album! Bunny Sigler helps give the album a sharp focus – with his own production and songwriting in play – in modes that are very much like his own best club tracks of the time – but the group is more than great enough on their own – with a funky edge that definitely lives up to their name, and a groove that's even sharper than the two aforementioned contemporary combos. Lead vocals are by James Carmichael, who's totally great – and titles include "Don't You Wanna Party", "Never Let It Go Away", "I Got My Mind Made Up", "Dark Vader", "Wide World Of Sports", and "You Say You Want Me To Stay". CD features 5 bonus tracks – "I Got My Mind Made Up (orig single)", "I Got My Mind Made Up (Larry Levan 12" mix)", "Crying (Larry Levan 12" mix)", "Crying (Bobby Guttadoro 12" mix)", and "Dark Vader (Pat Stapley 12" mix)". CD

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Jakky Boy & The Bad BunchI've Been Watching You (with bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $22.99
An overlooked gem from the early 80s years at Salsoul – a set that's beat-heavy, and plenty funky too – with a groove that's nicely heavy on both roller skate and electro modes! The record's a bit more offbeat than the usual Salsoul set – and we mean that in a good way – more in the street-styled mode you'd hear on the Vaughan Mason/Butch Dayo collaboration for the label – and proof that the company had a strong ear for grooves that go way beyond disco! There's plenty of surprises here – and the approach to the grooves has a very New York feel that mixes together the best of the up-and-downtown modes of the time. Titles include "Angel Baby", "Come To Me", "Rock The Rhythm", "I've Been Watching You", "Holdin On", and "I Need Your Love". CD features a bonus track – "I've Been Watching You (original single)". CD

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KankickTraditional Heritage ... CD
Octave (Japan), Late 90s/Early 2000s/2004. Used ... $8.99
Sparely funky, yet heavily atmospheric hip hop productions from unsung titan Kankick – made up mostly of late 90s material – and it's right up with some of our favorite leftfield producers of the period! Kankicks was perhaps best known as a Lootpack affiliate around this time, and sure enough, it's the kind of thing that would have sounded right at home on Stones Throw in the label's infancy. This ain't baby stuff, though, and it's aging quite well! Raw beats laced by vinyl grit, occasional hazy vocals and trippy atmosphere to spare. Relatively little heard excellence from an unsung producer! Includes "The A-1 Sound", "Witness Truthful Mystics", "One Reason Why", "A Song For My Forefathers", "Look At That", "Amplified Dynastical", "Lady Slick" feat Unorthodox, "Unpredictable", "To All The Duck Rap Radio DJs", "FLS (Do You Like)", "Night Shine", "Oodles Of Ounces", "Aquarian Meditation", "The Blowfly" (Kancritic feat Medaphoar), "Dig The Transition", "Bread And A Rolls Royce" and more. Also includes 2 bonus tracks. 27 tracks in all! CD
(Still sealed with obi!)

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MantronixAlbum (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sleeping Bag/Octave (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $22.99
The classic first LP from Kurtis Mantronik & MC Tee – early hip hop and funky electro at its mid 80s finest – richly expanded with a wealth of bonus material! We'll never tire of style here – electronic funky beats, synthesizers and vocoder vocal effects, and those benchmark old school style rhymes from MC Tee. Bust out the linoleum! All the hits the hits are here – "Bassline", "Fresh Is The Word", "Needle To The Groove", "Get Stupid Fresh Pt I", "Hardcore Hip Hop" and "Ladies" – plus 6 bonus tracks including "Fresh Is The Beat (original 12 inch version)", "Jamming On The Groove (original 12 inch dub)", "Fresh Is The World (unreleased '88 rmx)", and "Bassline (original 12 inch club version)". CD

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MantronixMusic Madness (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sleeping Bag/Octave (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $22.99
The follow up to the classic first LP! Listening to Kurtis Mantronik productions all of these years later is a definite educational experience, given the huge influence the crisp synth sounds had on the future of hip hop – not only as a matter of necessity, given the cost of sample clearance, but also as an aesthetic choice. Archeological chin-scratching aside, it's a straight up good time, with a shiny electronic bounce – one that holds up well! Tracks include "Music Madness", "Who Is It?", "Ladies (UK rmx)", "Scream", "Listen To The Bass Part" – plus 5 bonus tracks including "Scream" original 12 inch club and dub versions, "Who It Is?" original 12 inch freestyle USA club and UK club mixes, and "Who's Dub Is It? (original 12 inch dub)". CD

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NightingaleConnection ... CD
Higher Octave, 1990. Used ... $3.99
... CD

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SkyySkyyline (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $22.99
A stone classic from Skyy – one of those groups who virtually helped invent 80s groove! Like the best of the genre – such as Slave, BB&Q Band, and others – Skyy have a soulful approach that goes way past the simple cliches that other groups were so content to only muddle around it. The sound here goes very deep – based around the bass-heavy funk sound of the time, but setting up the instrumentation with lots of jazzy touches, and coming up with a strong ensemble approach that offers up plenty of freshness, even while the boogie groove goes on and on! Titles include "Call Me", "Get Into The Beat", "Jam The Box", "When You Touch Me", and "Gonna Get It On". CD features five bonus tracks – "Let's Celebrate (Shep Pettibone 12" mix)", "Let's Celebrate (Francois Kevorkian 12" mix)", "Call Me (Shep Pettibone 12" mix)", "Call Me (7" version)", and "Let's Celebrate (7" version)". CD

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Sparky DThis Is Sparky D's World (with bonus tracks) ... CD
B-Boy/Octave (Japan), 1988. Used ... $9.99
Maybe not the first full length album by a female MC, but a really well-remembered set from the early days – and one that hardly tries to go for any crossover modes at all! Instead, Sparky-D really keeps it live and close to the streets – beginning the set with an acapella track that almost feels like a freestyle – then following with lots of strong production work from Spyder D – who again keeps things lean and nicely sharp – really providing the kind of beat-heavy burst that could make old school rhymes sound so powerful and urgent! Titles include "Never Ran, Never Will", "Grand Creator K-Wiz, Best In The Biz", "This Is Sparky D's World", "I Can't Stop", "Yankee Boy", "Punk Rock Rap", "Throwdown", and "Sparky's Rap". CD features bonus tracks – including "Throwdown (12" version)", "Throwdown (stupid Doc's dub)", "I Can't Stop (12" version)", "Changes (inst)", "I Can't Stop (inst)", and "Changes (12" version)". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Touch Of ClassTouch Of Class (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roadshow/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet second set from Touch Of Class – a group who broke big in the indie underground of the 70s with their debut – and who still continue here in a great blend of upbeat rhythms and richer soul styles! Some numbers are clearly aimed at the dancefloor – as on their debut – but these guys can also slide into a mellower number with a laidback harmony vibe – a blend that's rooted in some of the younger east coast group modes of the early 70s, but which is taken here to some slightly more mature territory by the trio. Gerald and Pete Jackson of the group handled the arrangements – in a way that's nice and fresh – and a good change from some of the more "packaged" approaches on other albums of this nature. Titles include "Let Yourself Go", "You Took The Sunshine", "I Need Action", "I Found My Rainbow", and "You've Got My Soul". CD features bonus tracks – original single versions of "I Need Action" and "I Found My Rainbow". CD

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WinnersWinners (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roadshow/Octave (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Upbeat dancefloor soul from Winners – an ensemble funk combo who resonate with some of the same styles as other groups on the Roadshow label at the time – bumping basslines and compressed instrumentation that slide in alongside the vocals in a smooth approach to club. There's no standout winners here, but the album's relatively strong overall – with lots of longer tracks that feature chanted chorus vocals based around the titles – and a few slightly better numbers that showcase rhythm arrangements from Mark Radice. Titles include "Get On Up & Do It", "Love Is Free", "Get Ready For The Future", "Hey You", and "Eternal Revenue". CD features two bonus tracks – original single versions of "Get Ready For The Future" and "Get On Up & Do It". CD

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VariousKickin Presents Flying Dutchman Pieces – DJ's Choice 1969 to 1976 ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Octave (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $29.99
A mighty sweet collection of grooves from the Flying Dutchman label – that early 70s hotbed of funk, soul, and spiritual jazz! The set features some of the best-remembered gems from the label – plus some nice surprises along the way – all spread out in a double-length set, with selections by Japanese DJ Daisuke Kuroda! There's some great interplay between vocal numbers and instrumentals – and Kuroda definitely picked some of the heaviest-hitting artists of the label, a number of whom appear here more than once. Titles include "Shape Your Mind To Die" and "Love Each Other" by Leon Thomas, "Beautiful Woman" and "A Chance For Peace" by Lonnie Liston Smith, "Gypsy Queen" by Count Basie, "When You Are Who You Are" and "The Needle's Eye" by Gil Scott Heron, "This Is The Me Me" and "Onsaya Joy" by Richard Groove Holmes, "Peace" and "Chains" by Black & Blues, "Nicole" by The Cyrkle, "Skull Session" by Oliver Nelson, "Friends & Neighbors" by Ornette Coleman, "Tite Rope" by Harold Alexander, "Heavy Soul Slinger" by Bernard Purdie, "Descarga" and "See Saw Affair" by Cesar 830, "Lady Day & John Coltrane" and "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" by Gil Scott Heron, "The Creator Has A Master Plan" and "Just In Time To See The Sun" by Leon Thomas, "Chains Of Love" by Esther Marrow, and "Mama Soul" by Harold Alexander. CD

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VariousMuro King Of Diggin – Diggin' Brunswick ... CD
Brunswick/Octave (Japan), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $13.99
DJ Muro mixes it up with the catalog of legendary soul label Brunswick Records – really digging deep into output of the mighty imprint – to come up with a wicked pastiche of funky tunes that includes bits of 40 tracks in all! The mix is more complicated than some of Muro's other outings – and while he still leaves in the best core of each tune, he also weaves them together in a wonderful way that draws definite strands together in Brunswick production, instrumentation, and songwriting – a wonderful tribute to the Chicago soul genius that flourished on the label at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s. The package features way too many snippets to mention here – but includes work from Ginji James, The Lost Generation, Tyron Davis, Bohannon, Lost Generation, Gregory James Edition, Fred Hughes, The Chi-Lites, Erma Franklin, The Eliminators, Exit 9, Gene Chandler, The Directions, Barbara Acklin, Young Holt Unlimited, and many more! CD

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VariousVinyl Make Me Funky – 70 Minutes Of Dopeness – Mixed By DJ Koco aka Shimokita ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1980s. New Copy ... $28.99
A very cool trip through the world of 80s hip hop – particularly the hippest tracks from labels that include Fresh, Sleeping Bag, Warlock, B-Boy, and Idlers Records – all laid out here in a non-stop mix that's almost 70 minutes long! The package pulls together classics from the mid 80s east coast scene, plus some lesser-known album cuts too – and DJ Koko has a great way of keeping things focused on the core of most tunes, while also really making the records leap from the decks throughout the mix. 38 tracks in all – including "Tall Dark & Handsome" by Tall Dark & Handsome, "B Boy Document" by Krown Rulers, "Strong Island (blue mix)" by JVC Force, "You Can't Break B Boys" by Baby Doll, "Bridge Is Over" by Boogie Down Productions, "Going Way Back" by Just Ice, "Let's Jam (inst)" by DJ Mate & The Latin MCs, "It's Yours" by T La Rock & Jazzy Jay, "Can't Get Enough" by Soul Dimension, "The Bronx Is Back" by Tall Dark & Handsome, "Back To The Beat" by Todd Terry, "Free Flow" by Just Ice, "Hardcore Hip Hop" by Mantronix, "Get Retarded" by MC EZ & Troup, and "Soul Food" by Tuff Crew. CD

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VariousWalking On Sunshine – Streetwise/Partytime Singles Collection ... CD
Octave (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99
A cool collection of cuts from some of the hippest labels on the New York scene in the early 80s – the Partytime and Streewise Records imprints, both home to a whole new wave of club cuts, street soul, and other new styles! Releases on both labels often had a strong degree of electro in the mix – used in funky ways on the club or hip hop tracks, and in sharper-edged modes on the soul cuts – which really set them apart from the mainstream, and paved the way for some of the more famous fusions of hip hop and R&B production to come in later years. This 2CD package serves up a sweet blend of classics and underground tracks – almost all of them in 12" single mixes, too – with titles that include "See The Light/Feel The Heat" by Airforce 1, "Ease Your Mind" by Touchdown, "Be My Girl" by Pee Wee, "Jet Set" by Dr John, "Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (dominant mix)" by Dominatrix, "All In fun" by Nyhtjar, "Use Me Lose Me" by Paul Simpson Connection, "Funky Soul Makossa" by Nairobi & The Awesome Foursome, "It's Yours (radio)" by T La Rock & Jazzy Jay, "Rock To Rock" by Citispeak, "Bop Till I Drop" by Larrice, "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" by Cuba Gooding, "Crash Goes Love (blaster mix)" by Loleatta Holloway, "Got The Hots (unreleased mix)" by Cuba Gooding, "Rise Up" by Mojanya, and "Girls Night Out" by Ladies Choice. CD
(Part of the "Ultimate 80s NYC Street Sounds" series!)

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✨✧ BT ExpressDo It (Til You're Satisfied) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Scepter/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, with plenty of tight wah wah guitar riffing, conga beats, and funky flute and sax – topped off by just the right amount of strings to make the set soar even more! The album's best known for the title track "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" – which was a big hit, but is still an excellent groover – and the set also includes loads of other great cuts too – like "Express", which was the original song that the created the JBs' response track "Monorail"; "This House is Smokin'", which has lots of funky descending horn bits; and other great tunes that include "Mental Telepathy", "If It Don't Turn You On", and "Do You Like It". CD features two bonus tracks – the original 7" single versions of "Express" and "Do It". CD

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✨✧ Erroll GarnerDreamstreet ... LP
Octave, 1961. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Garner grooves nicely here – finding an almost renewed energy for the 60s, but still hitting all those highly-rhythmic modes we love so much in his early work! The recording quality is great – lots of bold echo from the piano, and even a bit of Erroll's grunting vocalizations somewhere in the mix – kind of an extra added emphasis that sounds great next to the bass of Eddie Calhoun and drums of Kelly Martin. Titles include "Just One Of Those Things", "Blue Lou", "The Lady Is A Tramp", "Dreamstreet", and the groovy "Mambo Gotham" – an especially jaunty little number! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a few ink stamps.)

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✨✧ Rhythm MakersSoul On Your Side (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vigor/Octave (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky madness from the legendary Rhythm Makers – a dancefloor combo with a really incredible groove! The group has an approach that's a lot like Kool & The Gang at their best, or like some of the best mid 70s albums by the Kay Gees or Fatback – lots of bass at the bottom, very tight vamping by the band, and a wikki-wikki funky sound that's totally great! Many of the tracks on the set make good use of moog or keyboards – never too much, but just the right dose to spook things up a bit – and although many of the cuts have vocals, the overall focus is still in the instrumentation – which always comes across pretty darn great, and which is played with incredible precision throughout! The combo later morphed into GQ, but they've got a much rawer sound here – and titles include "Can You Feel It (parts 1 & 2)", "You Better Believe It", "Soul On Your Side", "Zone", "Funk N You", and "Street Dreamin". CD features an insane number of bonus tracks – 10 in all – with the unreleased cuts "Position", "Wonderful", and "Lover's Lane" – plus "Can You Feel It (orig special disco 12")", "You're Never Too Old (single)", "Prime Cut (single)", "Touch (single)", and "How Much I Love You (single)". CD

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✨✧ VariousSalsoul Disco 1975 to 1979 – Compiled By T-Groove ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A smoking set of disco from one of the most legendary dancefloor labels of the 70s – Salsoul Records, a company that came from the salsa underground to conquer the clubs with a really revolutionary set of grooves! Salsoul tracks are always well-built from the ground up – impeccable instrumentation that holds on through very extended versions, with no soft bits or gimmicks – just an update of earlier funky jamming modes for the disco generation! This set's put together by T-Groove, who's given us some great recent club work of his own – and the set features 24 tracks in all, over 80 minutes of Salsoul – with cuts that include "The Beat Goes On & On" by Ripple, "I Love New York" by Metropolis, "Ole Ole" by Charo, "I Got My Mind Made Up" by Instant Funk, "So Much For Love" by Moment Of Truth, "My Love Is Free" by Double Exposure, "Hit & Run" by Loleatta Holloway, "More" by Carol Williams, "Tangerine" by Salsoul Orchestra, "Spring Rain" by Silvetti, "By The Way You Dance" by Bunny Sigler, and "Jingo" by Candido. CD

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✨✧ BT ExpressShout! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roadshow/Octave (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from BT Express – the group's 5th album, but still very much in the tightly-crafted ensemble mode of earlier years! The guitar and bass interplay on the set is amazing – handled by arranger/guitarist Billy Nichols, with a chromatic edge that really brings a lot of soul to the set! Nichols' work on the album is amazing – honed to an almost Miami funk-like sharpness – and touched by slight bits of moog that really give the set a sinister sort of quality! Lots of lean and mean groovers on the set – including "Shout It Out", "Shake It Off", "You Got Something", "Ride On BT", "Look At The People", "I Want You With Me", "Put It In The Pocket", and "What You Do In The Dark". CD features bonus tracks – "Stretch", and the original single versions of "Shout It Out" and "Ride On BT". CD
Also available Shout! ... LP 3.99

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✨✧ Erroll GarnerClose Up In Swing (with bonus track) ... CD
Octave/Mack Avenue, 1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Erroll Garner at the start of the 60s – but still sounding wonderfully unique, and coming across with a timeless vibe that makes the record every bit as great as his classics from the 50s! The format is simple – just Garner on piano, with Eddie Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums – but the sound is sublime, and in that special Garner-like approach that nobody else could match – very rhythmic, with a gritty pulse at the core – yet topped with these explosive lines on the keys that all make complete sense – not showoffy pyrotechnics, but sublime lyrical lines that never fail to blow us away. Titles include "All Of Me", "No More Shadows", "You Do Something To Me", "The Best Things In Life Are Free", and "El Papa Grande" – a nice number with a bit of a Latin pulse! CD features the bonus track "Octave 103". CD

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✨✧ VariousBrunswick Bubblers – Presented By Gilles Peterson ... CD
Brunswick/Octave (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The legendary Gilles Peterson turns his magical ears to the catalog of Brunswick Records – and comes up with some of the label's hippest tunes of the 60s and 70s! Brunswick is best known for its famous soul hits of the late 60s and early 70s, but Peterson goes much deeper to come up with overlooked gems that are then laid out in a way that really makes them resonate strongly together – at a level that really illustrates the unified groove of the label! Brunswick often worked with a tight array of producers, arrangers, and session players – and Peterson finds key links between these tunes, often in surprising places – which makes the collection a real delight once you start stepping through it. Titles include "Keep On Dancing" by Bohannon, "Inner City Blues" by The Chi-Lites, "Harlem" by Willie Henderson, "This Is The Lost Generation" by The Lost Generation, "Ain't No Sunshine" by Gregory James Edition, "Light My Fire" by Jackie Wilson, "Disco Boogie" by Total Eclipse, "Will I Find Love" by Gene Chandler, "This Love Is Real" by Dana Valery, and "Go With Love" by Barbara Acklin. CD

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✨✧ AurraLittle Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The image on the cover is a great summation of the Aurra magic – a sweet blend of male and female vocals with plenty of soul – woven together in ways that are quite different from more cliched duet modes of earlier years! The grooves are at the center of the record – set out strongly by producer/arranger Stephen Washington, with loads of great basslines at the core! Yet it's the vocals that really make the record sparkle – work by Starleana Young and Curt Jones – both very individual singers who have a way of coming together here with a very fresh feel! Studio magic allows both to provide backup as well as lead vocals – and the album's filled with great groovers that include "It's You", "Make Up Your Mind", "A Little Love", "In My Arms", "Still Free", and "Checking You Out". CD features bonus tracks – "Checking You Out (Shep Pettibone 12" mix)", "Make Up Your Mind (unreleased Tom Moulton mix)", "Make Up Your Mind (orig 12" inst mix)", "A Little Love (orig 12" rmx)", and "A Little Love (original single)". CD

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✨✧ VariousP&P Presents Happy Music & Friends – A Selection Of Classic And Cult Disco, Funk & Soul ... CD
P&P/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
An amazing collection of grooves – all pulled from the legendary P&P Records family of labels from the New York underground – hand-selected by Japanese DJ/collectors Ken Hidaka and Frankie Valentine! If you don't know the P&P groove, this is a great place to start – as the label had a really unique, really wonderful sound – tracks from the disco era, but stripped down to their core – so that the rhythms are really raw, instrumentation is nice and funky, and most of the music has this searing power that's kept the P&P tracks on the hippest of dancefloors for decades! A number of the cuts have really cool electronics, some others bring in some old school modes, and there's an equal balance between vocals and instrumentals that really keeps things exciting. Titles include "I Got You Dancing" by Karisma with Jocelyn Brown, "Ain't It Time (inst)" by Queen Yahna, "Magic Carpet" by High Fidelity, "Pound For Pound" by Le'o Roy, "Spank Me (voc)" by Bobby Mann, "Smooth Talk (inst)" by Mr Fox, "Johnson Jumpin (12" mix)" by Johnson Products, "Got To Get Your Love (voc)" by Clyde Alexander & Sanction, "Death Rap" by Margo's Kool Out Crew, "Dance Freak" by Chain Reaction, "African Rock" by Licky, "Stomp Your Feet & Dance (voc)" by Kim Taylor, "Roller Rink Funk" by Shift, "New York's Movin" by Ahzz, "Shake Off That Dream (disco)" by Eddie Owen, and "Freaktime" by Scott Davis & The Movements. CD
(Part of the "Ultimate 80s NYC Street Sounds" series!)
 
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Tim BlakeLighthouse – An Anthology 1973 to 2012 (3CDs/DVD) ... CD
Egg/Esoteric (UK), 1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 3CD & DVD ... $19.99
A fantastic collection of work from electronic wizard Tim Blake – a set that's a nice counterpart to albums under his own name, as it also features singles, work with other groups, and some rare archive material that's especially nice! CDs 1 and 2 bring together Tim's issued legacy of the 70s, plus bits from later years too – including work with Gong on "The Octave Doctors & The Crystal Machine" and "Other Side Of The Sky", "Surf" with Saratoga Space Messengers, and "Lighthouse" with Hawkwind – plus his own tracks "Midnight", "Synthese Intemporel", "Passage Sur La Cite Des Revelations", "Who's Gonna Win The War", "A Return To The Clouds", "Waiting For Nati", "Jacuzzi Surfing", "Flating", "Byzance (live)", "Absent Friends", and "Tide Of The Century". CD3 features really great archive material – "Ionic Clouds 2", "Psychedelic Springs", "Forteresse/Crystal Mirrors To Infinity", "Oming In", "Mirrors Of Light", "Metro Poly Train", and "Tide Of The Century (live)". DVD features Les Musiciens/Tim Blake – a French TV special from 1979, with four long tracks! CD
(DVD is NTSC, All Region.)

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Judy Pollak Featuring 33 1/3In Togetherness ... LP
Chatsford/Athens Of The North (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
An underground mellow soul gem from the 70s – recorded on the Detroit scene with lead vocals by Judy Pollak, and backings by a very hip soul trio! 33 1/3 are way more than just an instrumental group – as they also harmonize behind Judy a fair bit – really elevating the soul quotient of the record, and almost making us wonder what they'd sound like on their own! Pollak is a pretty compelling singer, though – and has this light, airy style that's a bit like Asha Pulthi, but maybe without the many-octave range – which makes for a very unique contrast in the way she's paired with the group. Titles include "You're Mine", "Mr DJ", "Fascinating", "Billy's Coming Back", "Still In Love", "Come With Me", and "More Than Words". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Minnie RipertonPerfect Angel ... LP
Epic, 1974. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Minnie Riperton's first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies' biggest female soul stars! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie's early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney – and hits a mix of mellow compressed LA styles and slicker funkier numbers that do the same thing for her Chicago-trained vocals that Rufus' backing did for that of Chaka Khan. Of course, it helps that she's got some superbly sensitive writing and arranging help by husband Richard Rudolph – and Stevie Wonder's definitely lurking in the background, too – not credited with production, due to contractual reasons, although he helped put most of the album together. Includes Minnie's huge crossover hit "Loving You", a perfect showcase for her beautiful 5 octave voice, plus the tracks "Our Lives", "Every Time He Comes Around", "Perfect Angel", and "Reasons". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with Kendun stamp. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Perfect Angel (Japanese pressing) ... CD 11.99

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Minnie RipertonPerfect Angel (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1974. Used ... $11.99
Minnie Riperton's first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies' biggest female soul stars! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie's early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney – and hits a mix of mellow compressed LA styles and slicker funkier numbers that do the same thing for her Chicago-trained vocals that Rufus' backing did for that of Chaka Khan. Of course, it helps that she's got some superbly sensitive writing and arranging help by husband Richard Rudolph – and Stevie Wonder's definitely lurking in the background, too – not credited with production, due to contractual reasons, although he helped put most of the album together. Includes Minnie's huge crossover hit "Loving You", a perfect showcase for her beautiful 5 octave voice, plus the tracks "Our Lives", "Every Time He Comes Around", "Perfect Angel", and "Reasons". CD
(Out of print 1995 pressing, includes obi.)

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Yma SumacQuintessence (Voice Of The Xtaby/Legend Of The Sun Virgin/Flahooley/Mambo/Inca Taqui/Legend Of The Jivaro/Fuego Del Ande) (3CD set) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), 1950s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99
A huge run of records from Yma Sumac – presented here in a box that collects just about everything she recorded for Capitol Records in the 50s! First up is Voice Of The Xtaby – legendary vocal work from the postwar years – some of the earliest recordings from the enigmatic Yma Sumac – an artist whose records really laid the groundwork for an entire generation of exotica records to come! Sumac's authenticity has been debated over the years – but there's no denying that she's got this incredible vocal range – a many-octave approach that almost makes her sound like a human theremin – as she works with exotic backings from Les Baxter to offer up a take on Peruvian roots, styled towards a 50s bachelor pad listener! Titles include "Xtaby", "Wayra", "Taita Inty", "Monos", and "Tumpa". Legend Of The Sun is early work from Yma Sumac – with that moody mix of other worldly vocals and semi-Latin instrumentation that made her a popular one with the early exotic crowd. Yma runs up and down the vocal scale, while Moises Vivanco leads the band in a set of crashing dramatic orchestrations with a Peruvian feel. Tracks include "Sunray Surita", "Mamallayi", "No Es Vida", "Ccori Canastitay", and "Kon Tiki". The package features selections from the album Flahooley – one of the more obscure Yma Sumac albums from the 50s – a Broadway production with a larger cast – and much more of a musical than Sumac's other records. Yma really stands out in the show, though – singing a few special numbers with music by Moises Vivanco – but the rest is familiar Broadway modes of the early 50s, penned by Sammy Fain & EY Harburg. Sumac titles include "Najala's Song Of Joy", "Najala's Lament", and "Come Back Little Genie Birds". Mambo is quite possibly our favorite album ever by the enigmatic Yma Sumac – thanks to some lively arrangements by Billy May, who gives the set a swinging jazzy groove! As you might guess from the cover, the style here is more in a Latin jazz mode than some of Yma's other more ethereal work – and that style turns out to be a wonderful fit for Sumac's incredible vocals – creating a batch of driving tunes that swing nicely, yet still have a spooky exotic sound on the top! Titles include "Bo Mambo", "Taki Rari", "Goomba Boomba", "Malambo No 1", and "Five Bottles Mambo". Inca Taqui is an early 10" LP – on which Yma Sumac sings chants of the Andes – and authentic or not, the sound's pretty darn great! The record's in the same format as her other early work for Capitol – tunes written by Moises Vivanco, who also conducts the backings in a dramatic early 50s style that's perfect for Yma's wonderful voice! And whether or not these tunes are actually the ones that all the cats in Peru were singing up in the mountains, they still sound pretty darn great as a key part of postwar exotica! Titles include "Incachao", "Llulla Mak'Ta", "Chuncho", "K'Arawi", and "Cumbe-Maita". Legend Of The Jivaro is one of Yma's more "historical" records – and the notes say that the album is "the rare plum of authenticity". We don't know if we'd go that far, but we can tell you that the record features Yma performing songs of the legendary Jivaro headhunters! Supposedly, Yma learned them in her "South American jungle-home", but we keep wondering why the headhunters took the time to teach her, when they could have been shrinking her head. Tracks include "Yawar", "Shou Condor", "Aullay", "Sumac Soratena", and "Hampi". Last up is Fuego Del Ande – one of the most obscure albums by vocalist Yma Sumac – and one of the most compelling too! The album has Yma working in the Andean style of her earlier 10" albums for Capitol – working with Moises Vivanco on a set of tunes that have a much more traditional and almost folkloric style than some of her work with Les Baxter. Titles include "Clamor", "Dale Que Dale", "Llora Corazon", "Gallito Caliente", "La Molina", and "Flor De Canela". CD

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VariousDetroit Love Vol 2 ... CD
Planet E, 2019. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
A heavy helping of Detroit Love – and one that will also make you love Detroit too – or, at least, completely respect the city for having such a continually rewarding underground over the last few decades – long after the possibility of chart hits or bigger fame have passed! Detroit's electronic scene first got notice at the end of the 80s – when its own grooves were rising to rival the house music coming from Chicago – and while that moment sparked some big international fame, the decades have continued to see the city working to improve, refine, and mature their initial impulses – with the sorts of fantastic sounds that you'll hear in this set! Not all the music is new, but most of it is – and the set combines some wonderfully fresh tracks from the Carl Craig side of the universe – both his own music, and work by key contemporaries too – with titles that include "It Is What It Is" by Rhythim Is Rhythim, "Rosalie" by Green Velvet & Carl Craig, "Do It All Night (C2 edit)" by DJ Minx, "Credit Card (Gay Marvine rmx)" by BMG & Sal P, "Satori" by Ectomorph, "Formulaic Mode" by Mirko Loko & Stacey Pullen, "My Love Check" by Claude Vonstroke, and "Alleys Of Your Mind" by The Dirtbombs. CD version has a lot more than the 2LP – 19 tracks in all – with more by Kevin Saunderson, Gaiser, Mr G, Waajeed, Octave One, Delano Smith, Brain, and others! CD
Also available Detroit Love Vol 2 ... LP 30.99

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✨✧ Minnie RipertonPerfect Angel (Japanese version) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Minnie Riperton's first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies' biggest female soul stars! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie's early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney – and hits a mix of mellow compressed LA styles and slicker funkier numbers that do the same thing for her Chicago-trained vocals that Rufus' backing did for that of Chaka Khan. Of course, it helps that she's got some superbly sensitive writing and arranging help by husband Richard Rudolph – and Stevie Wonder's definitely lurking in the background, too – not credited with production, due to contractual reasons, although he helped put most of the album together. Includes Minnie's huge crossover hit "Loving You", a perfect showcase for her beautiful 5 octave voice, plus the tracks "Our Lives", "Every Time He Comes Around", "Perfect Angel", and "Reasons". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Perfect Angel (Japanese pressing) ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ OliwoodEuphoria ... CD
Yellow Bird (Germany), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Oli Steidle leads the trio, but the sound here comes equally from the contributions of Frank Gratkowski on alto and Kalle Kalima on guitar – both musicians whose sonic range really seems pushed to explode at the same frequency as the leader! Kalima's often got a fair bit of fuzz on his instrument, which seems to pull out a more bracing tone than usual from Grakotwski – and the mix of alto and guitar almost takes us back to some of the noisier explosions from both the New York and German jazz scene at the end of the 80s. Titles include "Beast Mode", "Flipper", "Epitasis", "Sissy Melting Snow", and "Octave Medley II". CD

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✨✧ Judy Pollak Featuring 33 1/3In Togetherness (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Chatsford/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An underground mellow soul gem from the 70s – recorded on the Detroit scene with lead vocals by Judy Pollak, and backings by a very hip soul trio! 33 1/3 are way more than just an instrumental group – as they also harmonize behind Judy a fair bit – really elevating the soul quotient of the record, and almost making us wonder what they'd sound like on their own! Pollak is a pretty compelling singer, though – and has this light, airy style that's a bit like Asha Pulthi, but maybe without the many-octave range – which makes for a very unique contrast in the way she's paired with the group. Titles include "You're Mine", "Mr DJ", "Fascinating", "Billy's Coming Back", "Still In Love", "Come With Me", and "More Than Words". CD
Also available In Togetherness ... LP 22.99
 
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VariousSugar & Spice – 14 Studio One Rocksteady Sure Shots ... LP
Studio One/Rockashacka (Japan), Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Some of the first great sounds to come from the legendary Studio One Records – an assortment of early rocksteady singles, including a fair bit of rare gems we've never heard before! These rocksteady tracks are the precursor to later reggae work from Jamaica – and show a strong influence from American soul and R&B, especially on the vocals – mixed with more of the slow-loping grooves that would later explode to global prominence in the 70s. The production style is great – very spare and laidback – almost at the same level as American soul indie labels of the time, which makes for an especially great focus on the vocals, especially on the collection's good number of harmony tracks. Titles include "Soulful Music" by The Invadors, "Sugar & Spice" by The Viceroys, "Happy Organ" by Soul Vendors, "I Make A Woman" by The Kingstonians, "Mama Didn't Know" by The Termites, "You're Gonna Lose" by The Octaves, "Reel Up" by Bumps Orkley, and "Reel Up" by The Wigglers. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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